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Pine Ridge PD joins “Operation Southern Shield”

Pine Ridge, SC (July 16, 2018) – Starting Sunday, July 15, 2018, the Pine Ridge Police Department joined law enforcement agencies from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee to launch “Operation Southern Shield”. During this operation (scheduled July 15, 2018 through Saturday July 21, 2018), law enforcement agencies will mobilize to increase enforcement of speed violations, as well as driving under the influence, distracted driving, and failure to buckle up. The purpose of “Operation Southern Shield” is to increase enforcement during this heavy vacation travel period when the rate of fatal crashes is highest throughout the Southeast.

The Pine Ridge Police Department wants to save lives and for drivers to slow down. To this effort we will exercise a zero tolerance for speeding drivers. If you’re caught speeding, you will receive a traffic citation.

During “Operation Southern Shield,” the PRPD will increase speed-related messaging via its social media platforms to promote education and awareness. Here are some tips to keep your family safe this summer.

  • Slower traffic should avoid the fast lane. If you’re going to cruise, do it in the slow lane.

  • Anticipate increased traffic during peak travel periods. Plan ahead and give yourself ample drive time.

  • Aggressive driving escalates road rage. Take preventive measures to defuse the situation. Road rage and aggressive driving will not be tolerated

  • Resist the urge to check your phone. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and concentration on the task of driving.

  • Obey all posted speed limits or drive slower if necessary based on traffic conditions.

If anyone has any questions, comments or concerns they can call the Pine Ridge Police Department at (803) 755-2500 or by email at chiefscott@prpd.sc.gov.

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